A high school teacher is accused of raping one of her male students in a classroom.
In news it is very common to hear of stories where male teachers molest and sometimes rape female students, but when the issues becomes reversed, it grabs the headlines, this is like saying “if a dog bites a man, it would not get the headlines, but when a man bites a dog, that would certainly get the headlines”. At Pojoaque Valley High School in New Mexico, Jennifer Vigil, 31, was arrested this week after a student reported her for allegedly pressuring him into sex — in her classroom.
Jennifer maintains that the sex was consensual, but the student reportedly told police that the idea of sex with her was “disgusting.” The minor whose identity is being concealed because of his name took a picture of one sex act on his cellphone, and said that he only consented to sex because Vigil locked the doors and propositioned him, police said.
Vigil is suspected of having sex with the male horticulture student on two separate occasions. The teen reported that on the first occasion, he was turning in an assignment after school when Vigil said, “You’re not leaving until I get something from you,”. The student claims he refused her advances but then later agreed to a sexual act so that he could leave.
The second time reportedly happened during lunch, moments after Vigil’s morning class had cleared the room.
Vigil reportedly claims it was the student who asked for sexual favors, and that he’s an adult, though Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Maj. Ken Johnson said it doesn’t matter.
“They need be aware regardless of whether it’s consensual, a teacher-student situation, that it is wrong. That it’s against the law,” he said.
Vigil has been teaching at the school for eight years. She’s being held at Santa Fe County Jail without bond.